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Report: Bristol City Women 0 - 5 Arsenal Ladies

Despite a close start to the game, both sides were creating chances, an early header from Louise Quinn flew past Leach’s post within the opening minutes.

However, a few minutes later Hemp sailed down the right wing beating two defenders but her ambitious back-heel was easily collected by Veenendaal.

Jordan Nobbs threatened with two long range shots which flew high over the bar, whilst the Vixens absorbed the pressure put on them valiantly.

Arsenal continued to fire at the Vixens goal with a Janssen shot coming the closest, hitting the side netting midway through the first half.

Arsenal soon broke the deadlock before the half hour mark when Louise Quinn rose highest to head past Leach to open the scoring.

City Women’s spirit was not dampened however, five minutes before the end of the first half, Claire Emslie broke down the right hand side following a defensive mistake before delivering a cross to Hemp which she could not reach.

Arsenal nearly doubled their lead before the half time whistle, if not for a foul on Caitlin Leach.

Arsenal doubled their lead in the 51st minute, Jordan Nobbs was on the end of a neat one-two inside the City Women box, and she then fired a shot into the top corner of the net.

Leach was vigilant all day in the Vixens goal, keeping her side in touch.

Chloe Arthur nearly got one back for the home side as she tested Veenendaal in the 65th minute, only to be denied by a top save.

Arsenal scrambled home a third goal in the 75th minute as pressure was put on Leach, she fumbled and Chloe Kelly was on hand to tap in from inside the six-yard-box.

Minutes later, a fourth was added by substitute Van de Donk who was on the end of a cross to volley into the right hand corner of the net.

Beth Mead, who replaced Jodie Taylor completed the late flurry of goals for the Gunners as she slotted home into the bottom of the net after a quick counter attack from the visitors to make it 5-0.

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